Traffic lane changes on the West Gate Freeway
As work continues to widen the West Gate Freeway from 8 to 12 lanes, motorists heading west on the West Gate Freeway will soon need to make an early decision about the lane they travel on, to access the relevant freeway exit.
Changes from July
From late July to the end of 2021 we will be shifting lanes and motorists at different sections of the freeway so we can set up construction sites on the freeway’s existing traffic lanes and rebuild these lanes from the ground up.
Shifting traffic to different sides of the freeway allows work to take place on each part of the road without having to close the freeway for extended periods of time.
In this phase of work, we will be splitting the freeway lanes near Grieve Parade heading west.
Motorists heading west will have to decide at Millers Road whether they are:
- exiting at Grieve Parade or heading towards the M80 Ring Road, OR
- staying on the West Gate Freeway heading into Princes Freeway.
The table below will help explain what motorists need to do.
Where are you going?
Which lane should you be in?
If you miss your exit – this is your next option
Grieve Parade exit
Stay in the far left lane after the Millers Road interchange
Travel via Princes Freeway, U-turn at Kororoit Creek Road and take the Geelong exit ramp to get to Grieve Parade.
M80 Ring Road
Stay in the two left lanes after the Miller Road interchange
Travel via Princes Freeway, U-turn at Kororoit Creek Road and take the M80 exit ramp.
Stay in the three right hand lanes after the Millers Road interchange
Travel via M80, U-turn at Boundary and take the Princes Freeway ramp.
More information will be provided closer to date. To keep up-to-date on these changes:
- follow our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter
- visit www.bigbuild.vic.gov.au/disruptions for the latest information.
What are we doing on the West Gate Freeway
We are building:
- Four extra lanes between the M80 Ring Road and Williamstown Road
- Entry and exit portals to the West Gate Tunnel
- Ventilation structure at the tunnel exit
- Interchange upgrades at the M80 Ring Road, Grieve Parade, Millers Road and Williamstown Road
- Ramps to Hyde Street to connect trucks directly with local industry
- More than 9km of new noise walls
- New walking and cycling paths
- Pedestrian bridges replacing two of the existing overpasses
- Freeway Management System to support good traffic flow and safety
- New open spaces and planting thousands of trees and other plants in the freeway area.
Key works in the area
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We are widening the West Gate Freeway from 8 to 12 lanes. The West Gate Freeway is a critical link in Melbourne’s transport network, carrying 200,000 vehicles each day.
This will include:
- upgrading the interchanges at M80 Ring Road, Grieve Parade, Millers Road and Williamstown Road
- widening bridges over Kororoit Creek and the Newport Rail Bridge
- adding new ramps at Hyde Street
- relocating services and utilities along the freeway
We will keep it moving by:
- keeping the same number of lanes open at peak times
- only closing lanes when there is less traffic
- keeping the speed limit at 80km/h at peak times whenever possible
- providing clear and timely information for drivers
- working with VicRoads, councils, transport operators and emergency services to plan traffic changes
- avoiding closures when major events are on in Melbourne.
At times we may need to close lanes, ramps and the freeway to get work done safely. Check the Travel Disruptions page or visit Victoria’s Big Build website for up to date information on planned road closures and detours.
In order to widen the West Gate Freeway, the existing low voltage power lines need to be relocated and new drainage installed along Fogarty Avenue.
Other works in the area include replacing the sewer, upgrading the Federation Trail and installing new noise walls.
More details on the works:
- Works started on Fogarty Avenue in July 2018 with construction continuing in the area until 2021, including on the West Gate Freeway between Newport Rail Bridge and Williamstown Road.
- There will be staged closures of Fogarty Avenue with detours in place. Visit our disruptions page for the latest updates.
- Access to the Footscray Hockey Club and Yarraville Glory Football Club will be maintained at all times
- There may be times when the bus route 432 will be diverted and selected bus stops closed. For more information see Public Transport Victoria’s travel update
- For details about the current works on Fogarty Avenue, read the works notification.
- For all work notifications related to works on Fogarty Avenue, head to the Work notifications page.
We are building two new ramps for the West Gate Freeway to connect trucks directly to local industry and get them off local roads.
The ramp on the northern side of the freeway will provide a new exit ramp for inbound traffic from the West Gate Freeway to a new signalised intersection at Hyde Street.
The ramp on the southern side of the freeway will provide a new entry ramp for westbound traffic from a new intersection at Simcock Avenue and Stephen Street through to the West Gate Freeway.
These ramps will also provide a direct route to industry for the trucks that can’t use the tunnel.
We’re also building a new elevated walking and cycling path that will extend the Federation Trail through to Hyde Street. It will go over Williamstown Road and run alongside the new Hyde Street exit ramp. A separate bridge structure will also connect the path to ground level at the Stony Creek Reserve north of Hall Street and include a connection to Spotswood Train Station.
These works have started and will continue until 2022. Below is a summary of what you can expect to see in 2020:
- Building five new safety nets at the West Gate Golf Club. The nets will protect our onsite team as they work in the area and will remain as a permanent asset for the golf club.
- Building one new safety net inside Donald McLean Reserve for the AFL grounds.
- Installing a new temporary site access bridge at Thomas Street. At the end of the project this bridge will be disassembled, and the area will be remediated and landscaped.
- Building new temporary site access tracks and working platforms at Stony Creek Reserve, West Gate Golf Club, Donald McLean Reserve, and the medians on the Williamstown Road eastbound entry ramp and Williamstown Road westbound exit ramp to allow for safe access to work sites.
- Piling works in Stony Creek Reserve to begin building the foundation of the northern ramp toward Hyde Street.
- Fencing our project boundary in the Stony Creek Reserve at the end of Hughes Street and setting up a site compound within the West Gate Golf Course at Thomas Street.
- Demolishing the northern section of the old Socobell building on Hall Street to make way for the new westbound entry ramp.
Some electricity towers along the freeway are being moved or replaced with slimmer poles and some power lines moved underground to make space for the widened freeway.
Newly installed monopoles (foreground) will be replacing lattice towers (background) along the West Gate Freeway.
A number of construction compounds have been set up along the project alignment which provide a base for workers, equipment and machinery.
We will use best practice techniques at our construction compounds and will:
- meet all requirements for managing noise, dust and traffic
- install fencing and screening when compounds are located near to private property
- give our neighbours advanced notice about what to expect during works
- reinstate or improve compound areas after construction
- provide parking for workers to avoid taking up space on local streets
- Provided a clearly signed detour route via Kyle Road and Blackshaws Road (see blue line in map below)
- Worked with VicRoads, councils and cycling groups to plan and communicate the detour
- Carried out improvements along the detour to make it safe.
The West Gate Tunnel Project will deliver more than nine kilometres of new and improved noise walls for quieter homes, backyards and parks along the West Gate Freeway.
- Prioritise noise wall construction so residents get the benefit as early as possible
- Leave existing noise walls in place where practical or provide temporary noise walls until new ones are built
- Use high quality materials with acrylic at the top to let light in.
Status: Beevers Street works complete
As part of construction to widen the West Gate Freeway, works to relocate overhead power lines along Beevers Street are now complete.
Beevers Street has reopened and access to homes has been reinstated.
We thank residents of Beevers Street for their patience whilst we safely completed this important work.
You will still see our team continuing with works on the eastern end of Beevers Street, however, this will not impact street or residential access.
- Fact sheet: moving overhead power lines underground on Beevers Street (PDF, 2.10MB)
- Stage one notification: (PDF, 925 KB); (DOCX, 802KB)
- Driveway disruption notification: (PDF, 900KB); (DOCX, 767KB)
If you have any questions about the works on Beevers Street, please call 1800 105 105.
Most of the work will be done during the day however some works will be done at night to minimise travel disruption on our busy roads.
We will do our best to plan works at times when they cause the least inconvenience for residents and motorists.
We will also keep you informed of activities taking place in your local area by:
- Dropping newsletters and works notifications in your letterbox
- Door knocks or street meetings before major works
- News and updates on social media
For more information, contact us on 1800 105 105.
We have a team that is dedicated to working with the community. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer any questions or concerns.
See the most recent construction notifications.